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BA (Hons) Theology

We offer a high quality teaching and learning experience. In the Guardian Newspaper 2018 League Table for Religious Studies and Theology we were ranked 14th in the country.

  • 1st for 'Satisfied with Course'
  • 2nd for 'Satisfied with Teaching'
  • 3rd for 'Satisfied with Feedback'
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Excellent Module Choice

We offer an excellent selection of modules giving you wide choice throughout the degree.  You have the opportunity to explore a great range of topics which build upon your A-level studies and guide you to become an expert in the field.

For full details of the modules available please see the information below.

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Tutorial Groups

We believe you will learn and develop through focused guidance from an expert. 

The unique Chichester Tutorial Group system means that you get exceptional support in your first year of study and throughout the degree. 

Our students value the help they get and recognize it as a key feature of their degree experience.

 

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Where this can take you 

Our students go on to a variety of careers. 

Many go into teaching, some undertake postgraduate study at Masters and PhD level. 

The majority pursue careers in diverse areas ranging from the charity sector, to IT, the civil service, HR, and recruitment.  A list of recent graduates can be found below.    

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Entry requirements 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels Typical offer BCC/BBB

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 level Merits

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Candidates are advised to request an interview at which they will receive a more targeted offer. Full details can be found below.

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Course content

We offer an excellent selection of high quality modules in each of our degrees.  We also offer choice between the degrees which means you can dip in and out of your chosen degree and sample other topics which might be of interest.  All in all it means you get the best of both worlds, degrees with subject integrity and excellent module choice.

In your first year you will study:

  • Ideas, Identities and Contemporary Culture (core)
  • Living Theology
  • The Bible in Western culture
  • Engaging with Religions
  • What is the good life?
  • Faith and Reason
  • Religions, Ethics and Violence

In your second year you will study the following modules:

  • Work/Schools Placement
  • Introduction to NT Greek
  • Salvation
  • Contemporary Interpretations of the Bible
  • Bio-ethics
  • The Bible and its Ancient Culture
  • Contextual Theology
  • Major Ethical Thinkers

Or you may select up to two modules per semester from the following: 

  • Islamic Identities
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Living Judaism
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Freedom and Justice
  • The Origins and Transformations of Western Thought
  • Critique, Suspicion and Revolution
  • Race, Gender and Class

In your third year you will study: 

  • Dissertation (A major research project in an area of your choice)
  • Thinking through the Holocaust
  • Theology and Film
  • The Theology and Ethics of Paul the Apostle
  • Trinity and Church

Or you may select up to two modules per semester from the following: 

  • Political Theology
  • Advanced Issues in Ethics
  • Philosophy and the Future
  • Revisioning Religion, Gender and Sexuality
  • Islam: It's Theology, Philosophy and Spirituality
  • Comparative Religious Ethics

Some modules are subject to approval

Where this can take you

Our students go on to an incredibly varied range of careers after university.  The skills learnt on our degrees equip students for all sorts of roles in society, there is no one typical career undertaken by our graduates.

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Teaching

Perhaps the most popular career path is teaching, both secondary and primary.  Our degree courses equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a successful teacher.  In year 2 we have a Schools Placement, module run by the university’s RE PGCE Co-ordinator, which ensures you have the relevant understanding and experience for a high quality PGCE application.

Graham Cook is a Chichester graduate and Head of a local secondary school  RE department.  He writes:

"Being a teacher is fantastically rewarding but it also takes a lot of time, patience and energy.  Exploring philosophical questions with 11-18 year old students is extremely interesting and offers a real opportunity for me to learn something new every day.

The degree at Chichester is varied in terms of content and the skills you can develop.  I was required to write essays in a way that encouraged me to evaluate my work and to undertake research independently.  I was also given the opportunity to create and deliver presentations to other students, a valuable skill for teaching."

Postgraduate Study

An increasing number of our students go on to postgraduate study.  We have former students studying at Masters and PhD level with us here at Chichester, and also in a range of universities around the country. 

Sarah Smith is a Chichester graduate who is studying for a PhD and also undertaking some teaching at the university. 

A variety of different careers

Other careers pursued by our students include:

  • Sam works in IT designing games
  • Lucy-Anne works in HR for a London bank
  • Alice works in adult recruitment
  • Michael is a manager in a music company
  • Joe works for the Civil Service
  • Jack is a manager in a charity
  • Chantalle is a staff nurse
  • Lizzie works in a museum
  • Dan is a church minister
  • Laura is an MP’s researcher
  • Tom is a youth worker
  • Alex is an editor for a publishing company
  • Elliott works in local government
  • Rosie is an organist
  • Lottie is a librarian
  • Josh is a manager at Hewlett Packard
  • Amy is a fundraiser for a charity
  • John is a police officer
  • Dan is a communications officer

Teaching and assessment

Progressive Assessment

We believe the best way for you to learn is through practice and feedback.  This is the principle which underpins our progressive assessment system.  Beginning in year one you will be asked to undertake pieces of assessment throughout the semester.  This ensures you do not have to do all your assessment at the end of term, a sort of ‘big bang’ method of assessment, in which it is difficult to do your best work.  Rather we break up the assessment throughout the term.

This means we can give you feedback as you go along.  You don’t have to wait until the end of term to know whether you have succeeded or not.  In your year one individual tutorials you will receive detailed and clear help on how to do better in your work.  It means that many of our students far exceed their expectations about what they thought they could achieve academically.

When it comes to assessment you will be asked to undertake a variety of tasks, many of which will be useful in your future careers.  You will be asked to write essays as you might expect.  You might also write book reviews, reviews of films, write reports on projects, make a video, construct an exhibition and make presentations.  It depends a bit on what you study.  You will get a lot of support so there is no need to worry about assessment (too much!)

There are no examinations (except in NT Greek). 

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Tutorial groups

We offer a unique tutorial group system.  We have found in the past that the ‘open door’ tutorial policy whereby tutors say they are available at any time does not work effectively.  Many students are not comfortable going to tutors they don’t know well to talk about any of their concerns or issues.  So we introduced Tutor Groups.

Every first year student is placed in a tutor group with 3-4 other students on a similar course.  They meet twice a week for one hour with a member of staff.  They also have 4 individual tutorials in the semester.  This way students get to know a member of staff really well, and are happy to talk with them about their concerns.

In the tutorial group meetings we talk about the lectures you are attending, about the reading you need to be doing, seminar discussions and also we talk a lot about your assessment.  University work is different from what do at A-Levels and so tutor groups are an excellent way of ensuring you know what you need to do to get high grades.  This is supported by the one to one tutorials when you look at the feedback you have received and identify ways to improve.

This intense support in the first year builds the foundation for your university career, ensuring you are fully equipped to achieve the highest possible marks.

This is what our students say about our tutorial groups: 

"The tutorial system helps you make your first group of friends on the course and helps you feel comfortable talking to the lecturers. It can be scary to ask for help when you start university so having this system gives you a lot of extra support so you can really improve your work. The extra support also relieves some of the stress of the new, more independent learning style which allows you to improve your work and ask questions that you might otherwise not feel comfortable asking. It makes the transition to university life much easier!" Rachel Page

"Tutorial groups were a huge benefit to my writing. The close contact enabled me to get very specific advice on the technicalities of essay writing, an advantage I couldn’t overstate. I also made close friends with the people I shared tutorial with, so we also had a good laugh." Kate Matthews

"The tutor groups really improved my first year at chi, not only did it help to form my core social group, but it was nice to have a space to go over ideas and essays in. Building up a good relationship with your tutor is also great, as it allows you to have someone to talk to if needed, while helping you to ease into university life." Paris Salt

Interview information

We encourage all students who want to apply for one of our degrees to come and visit us on an Open Day.

If we make you a standard offer we will also invite you for an interview. The interview is a chance for us to get to know you and for you to get to know us.  It is an opportunity for you to talk about your interest in the subject, as well as discuss aspects of your personal statement, what career plans you have, if any, and for you to ask us any questions about the course or life at Chichester. If the interview goes well we will revise your offer so that it is a targeted offer.  It is not possible to say what they will be in advance of the interview but a majority of those who come for interview and succeed have received revised offers of ‘EE”. 

National Student Survey

The National Student Survey (NSS) is an independent market research survey carried out by Ipsos MORI. Final year students are asked about their experience of the course. 

  • In 2016 the department achieved 100% overall student satisfaction.
  • In 2015 the department achieved 100% overall student satisfaction.
  • In 2014 the department achieved 100% overall student satisfaction.
  • In 2013 the department achieved 100% overall student satisfaction.

In 2016 100% of our students said staff were good at explaining things as well as 100% saying that staff made the subject interesting and were enthusiastic about what they were teaching.   

What our students say

"I would highly recommend Chichester to anyone wishing to study Theology and Religion. The small department size has a personal feel and means that links with tutors are strong, and support is always available." - Deborah Stacey

"The Theology and Religion degree at Chichester is fascinating, challenging and thought provoking. It really opens your mind and makes you think deeply about things you perhaps never had thought about. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere on campus is great." - Emilie Underwood